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Grab some water and snacks! Great hike and amazing scenery!

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Great trail, warm weather most of the year. Its more than moderate hike.

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Melinda Mercado reviewed Volcan Mountain Trail
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HikingGreat!

It was a great hike and a picture perfect day. We went around 8:00 in the morning and ate lunch at the top.

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Ivy Jiang reviewed Hot Springs Mountain Trail
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It’s a great trail!

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Very well maintained. It was crowded at the top

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Raquel Flores-Guerrero reviewed Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail
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Hard climb. Too many people at the top for photo but beautiful views

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Christopher Spurling reviewed Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail
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Bring water! Not much shade so plan appropriately. The line for potato chip rock gets longer as the day goes on. I did see one snake crossing the road, so just keep an eye out. The summit opens up nicely and you can find areas to eat or relax before heading back down.

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The trail going up was a calf buster. Lots of incline and plenty of rest areas. The line for the Chip was ridiculous. Started the hike at 7am, it got crowded pretty quickly. Other than that, gorgeous hike, excellent elevation gains. Take plenty of water, dress in layers and shade yourself properly!

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Angie Garcia reviewed Volcan Mountain Trail
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This is a nice hike. Starts off with a good incline for a mile and a half. the scenery and sounds of the birds were beautiful. it wasn't windy today. I recommend this hike. Enjoyed this hike so much. I'll be back for sure. I'd rate this hike moderate.

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Patrick Allbee reviewed El Cajon Mountain Trail
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Wow! Exceptionally brutal hike. You definitely want to be in pretty good shape before attempting. Started at 0630 finished at 12:00 with about a 20 min break at the top. If you attempt, my advice would be start as early as you can and bring lots of water. I went through about 6L. This was the hardest hike I’ve done besides upper Yosemite falls to El Cap in Yosemite. Don’t know why El Capitan and the summit aren’t included in the same hike. El cap is a short 0.5 miles near the top you can quickly visit before summiting or descending. Great hike with awesome views but pretty strenuous and difficult! Great training for CA more difficult hikes.

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AllTrails User reviewed El Cajon Mountain Trail
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Start at 6:15 perfect time

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John Hinman reviewed Oak Grove Trail to High Point
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Temp was 80 degrees. Nice breeze at the top. A few points of shade along the way. View at the top is special. We started at 6:45 and made it back to the car at 12:30; 2 miles an hour going up, and 3 miles an hour coming down.

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This trail is more difficult than moderate. It was a challenge and pretty warm. There's no shade, so water and sunscreen is a must. we went on a Thursday and it wasn't too crowded. About 3 groups of people in front of us to get a picture on Potato Chip Rock. It's not easy getting out to the picture spot. It was a rewarding hike when it was all done. My legs are sore today.

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Trail washed out in multiple steep spots. Full spring bloom is on right now.

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Syndi Hillis-Carlson reviewed Hot Springs Mountain Trail
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fun hike...last quarter mile is the best. EXTREMELY windy at fire tower!

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Christine Carrell reviewed Hot Springs Mountain Trail
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Started this hike at 8am finished before 2, we do stop and take pictures and breaks. Agree the first 2 miles are the hardest, all uphill with just a few flat spots. When you start seeing pine trees the hardest part is over. Walking through the pines was majestic. The last little part to the summit was well marked with ribbons, thanks!!! Great views not much shade going down.

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Nice trail. Felt hotter than it was. Went through two liters of water and saw several with no water. Not smart. It is a workout but not the hardest trail you’ll ever do. Pretty views at the top

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Lisa Larsen reviewed Hot Springs Mountain Trail
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Up up up and so worth the stunning views from the top! Drive in to ranger hut and pay $10 per person then drive to campground for parking at the trailhead. It was a wonderful day!

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Awesome day

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Natalia Lodes reviewed Hot Springs Mountain Trail
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Pretty trail, not too hard

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Really a moderate hike that can take 3 hours or more depending on your pace. Tail is well kept and there is plenty of room so it does not seem crowded. Recommend going early and being prepared and dress in layers for temperature changes as you go up. There is usually a line for the photo op so be prepared

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Joseph Russo reviewed Oak Grove Trail to High Point
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Very nice trail, the path is marked, just follow the signs. It’s starting to get hot so I’d recommend starting early (0700-0800). Weather at the peak is nice and cool but it heats up quickly on the descent. The first 2.5 miles is fairly difficult until you reach the fire break and is fairly rocky. I recommend wearing boots or trail shoes with good socks. You should definitely be in decent shape or it will take you all day. I started at 0900 and got back to my car at 1500, stopping for 45 minutes at the high point. I averaged about 24 minutes per mile during ascent and 20 per mile during the descent. Watch your footing on the last 2 1/2 miles of the descent. Most the snow has melted and I don’t think any will be left in a week.

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Awesome trail! As other said pretty exposed so wear sunscreen and cover up as needed. Great variation of uphill, even, and down terrain. Loved this one. Recommend during the week to avoid crowds and long lines at the photo op.

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Melissa Mclenon reviewed Volcan Mountain Trail
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Beautiful hike. We went in the middle of the afternoon when it was pretty warm and only saw a few folks. Nice views at the top.

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Nic Hunt reviewed El Cajon Mountain Trail
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Very steep fire roads rather than the typical switchbacks. Challenging hike with great views on a clear day...overall a bit boring though. Consumed 2.5 liters of water and electrolyte beverage but should have probably consumed more. Great for pushing yourself but definitely will not come back. El Cajon was the primary destination. El Capitan is a quick 10 minute detour from the saddle at the top so no reason to to summit it too.

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It’s hard but worth it. The sun was very strong so sunscreen and a head are highly needed.

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randi baldwin reviewed El Cajon Mountain Trail
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I've done this hike in February on a rainy and windy day and again on a hot day in April, both times with a fully loaded 65l pack. The heat yesterday was a total game changer. On the rainy day I took 3l of water and had some left when I got back to the trailhead. Yesterday, I had consumed 3l of water before I reached the scramble to the peak. Don't underestimate the heat and bring more water than you think you'll need. 80 degrees feels like 100 out there.

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Come early but a fantastic trail, will challenge you without overdoing it.

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Hot and humid but great time

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Chuck McDermott reviewed El Cajon Mountain Trail
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Start early and carry enough water. My first time on the trail and when the sun was behind the mountains/clouds everything was great. Once the sun came out and started heating the rocks. Well that was a game changer. Parts of the trail were washed/prior flooding issues

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